Thursday, March 29, 2012

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

This is a guest post by Graham Batstone.

Enchiladas are a traditional dish that originated in Mexico around the time of the Mayans. In their original form, tortillas were rolled and dipped in sauce. Later on, enchilada’s gained fillings and many varieties developed.  In the present day you will usually find several common components in an enchilada, which include a meat filling, cheese and olives. There are vegetarian recipes as well. This particular recipe for Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas involves 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas and 1 lb. of boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces. You will also need 1 Tbsp. of oil, 1 pkg. (1.25 oz.) of taco seasoning, 1 jar (16 oz.) of chunky-style salsa, 1 can (15 oz.) of black beans, rinsed and drained, 1 can (8 oz.) of whole kernel corn, drained, 2 cups of 4 cheese Mexican Cheese, divided, 2 cans (10 oz. each) of mild enchilada sauce, 2 Tbsp. of sliced black olives and 2 Tbsp. of sliced green olives. Your 4 cheese Mexican blend should include Monterey Jack, Mild Cheddar, Queso Quesadilla and Asadero Cheese.

The entire dish can be prepared and cooked in just over half an hour. To prepare your enchiladas, begin by heating the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add your chicken; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Then, add your taco seasoning; cook for an additional 2 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. Stir in salsa, beans, corn and 1 cup of cheese. Spread 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Soften the tortillas according to package directions. Place 2/3 cup of chicken mixture down the center of each tortilla and roll up. Place your enchiladas in the dish, seam-side-down. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce over the tortillas and sprinkle them with the remaining cheese, olives and onions. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot. When you are done, you will have an authentic, flavorful dish that serves 8. These cheesy enchiladas are a savory and mildly spicy treat that can be enjoyed by anyone.

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